A summer internship program open to Richardson students is now accepting applications.

The Richardson Mayor’s Internship Program provides an eight-week, paid internship to rising seniors. Participants work 20-40 hours a week at a local business, nonprofit or government agency and are paid a minimum of $10 per hour, according to the program’s website.

The program launched in 2018 as a partnership between the city of Richardson, Richardson ISD and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce In its second year, it included 41 internships and 45 employers, according to its website.

“The students were given an invaluable opportunity to experience a professional workplace, something that will be an important stepping stone as they look toward college and careers,” Mayor Paul Voelker said in a 2019 program recap statement. “I deeply appreciate the incredible businesses and nonprofits who’ve come on board and hope we can recruit even more organizations next year.”

To apply, students must be at least 16 years old and be a junior attending a RISD school or living in the city of Richardson. They must also have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and receive a letter of recommendation, among other items.

Qualifying students must complete a workforce readiness training in March, according to the website. Upon acceptance to the program, students will interview with prospective employers at a job fair. Based on those interviews, employers will select their summer intens. Students must be available to work June 1-Aug. 7.

Students can learn more about the program and apply online at www.rmsip.org through Feb. 29.